A new GQ magazine cover featuring Serena Williams has caused backlash, with some slamming it for body-shaming. GQ, meanwhile, is calling it a misunderstanding.
The tennis legend was named the magazine's Woman of the Year on Monday, but the cover featuring the word "woman" in quotes has drawn criticism.
Williams was the Woman of the Year alongside GQ's Men of the Year: Jonah Hill, Michael B. Jordan and Henry Golding.
Also, actress Gal Gadot, who was named Woman of the Year in 2017, did not get quotes around the word "woman."
However, GQ noted in its tweet about the covers that the handwriting on Williams' cover was by Virgil Abloh, the founder of the style brand Off-White and the artistic director of Louis Vuitton's menswear collection.
Abloh often puts everything in quotation marks, which was noted by GQ research manager Mick Rouse.
Abloh has designed previous Nike outfits and shoes for Williams, like the much-talked-about tutu she wore to the U.S. Open, that included words like "Logo" and "Serena" on them in quotation marks.
The argument over the cover resurfaced issues that Williams has addressed about critical comments she has heard over the years about her body.
Abloh and Williams had not issued any type of response to the cover controversy as of Tuesday morning. GQ did not immediately respond to request for comment.